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11 Tips to Heat Your Home This Winter

Friday, November 18, 2022   /   by Laura Larson

11 Tips to Heat Your Home This Winter

While the holidays, pleasant nights spent huddled up by the fire, and sweaters and scarves all come with winter, this freezing season also comes with greater heating expenditures. Do you want to know how to heat a house for the least amount of money and with the least amount of energy use? We’ve collected the 11 cheapest ways to heat a house without breaking the bank.

1. Use your fireplace to your advantage.
Because wood is a renewable resource and is widely available, wood fireplaces are among the least expensive ways to heat a home.

Even though starting a fire can be an inexpensive and effective way to heat your house, make sure to keep the damper closed when not using the fireplace. In the winter, leaving the damper open is equivalent to leaving a 48-inch window completely open, which can result in energy costs of several hundred dollars.

2. Utilize a space heater wisely.
You may improve the efficiency of your space heater by doing a few things. Your central heating system's thermostat can be raised, which will reduce the workload placed on the space heater. To assist in distributing the heat from the space heater, you can also utilize a fan. Make sure the space heater is the appropriate size for the room you're trying to heat as another piece of advice. Finally, position the space heater correctly, away from any furniture or walls.

3. Examine the vents.
Cleaning your vents is a further suggestion to cut heating costs. Check to see if any furniture or carpets are blocking them if they are on the floor. This will prevent your heater from operating excessively or from heating only a portion of your house. Make careful to close the doors and vents in any areas you aren't using. To prevent warm air from leaving from areas of the house you want to be warm, you can take it a step further and block the bottom of the doors to empty rooms. Another simple and inexpensive method of rerouting heat to the desired living area is by using air return vent covers.

4. Reduce the water heater's heat setting.
In the winter, keeping an eye on your water usage is a fantastic method to cut your heating bills. Small adjustments like taking shorter showers instead of baths, turning off the water, and washing your clothes in cold water can save a lot of money.

Additionally, make sure to reduce the temperature of your water heater; according to Energy.gov, for every 10 degrees you lower your water heater's temperature—which shouldn't go above 120 degrees—you can save 3-5 percent on your heating bill.

5. Purchase a smart thermostat.
A smart thermostat is one that a user can remotely manage via a smartphone app or online interface. There are numerous brands of smart thermostats on the market, each with its own set of features and advantages. The most well-known product names include Emerson, Ecobee, Honeywell, and Nest. Different characteristics and advantages offered by each brand may appeal to various consumers. Saving money on your energy bill, being able to adjust your home's temperature from anywhere, and getting alerts when your home's temperature changes are a few of the major advantages of having a smart thermostat.

6. Weatherstrip and caulk windows and doors.
Roll up a hand towel and place it at the base of the door if you're feeling cold because warm air is leaking out of cracks under your doors. You could even create a homemade draft snake if you are crafty.

Otherwise, you can reduce your energy costs by caulking and weatherstripping your doors and windows to close the gaps surrounding them. Keeping the warm air inside and the cold air outside will assist.
A simple test for drafty windows and doors is to hold a candle close to the frame and watch to see if the flame flickers. Once you've located any air leaks, seal off any gaps with rubber weatherstripping and caulk any small openings.

7. You should insulate your house.
Insulating a house is a method that increases its energy efficiency. Reduced energy costs, improved comfort, and calmer living conditions are all advantages of house insulation. Home insulation is normally an inexpensive property improvement, while the price varies based on the size and style of the home.

Your entire home may lose heat if your attic or crawlspace is improperly insulated. As a result, your heating system will have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, costing you more money.

8. Reverse your ceiling fan direction
Although some people might believe that ceiling fans are just useful for keeping cool in the summer, they can also be the most affordable form of home heating in the winter. A low-speed clockwise rotation of your fan will force rising warm air to the ceiling where it will be spread along the walls and returned to the floor. This will increase the perceived temperature of the space, enabling you to lower the thermostat setting and reduce your heating costs.

Your ceiling fan's direction can be easily reversed. It's as simple as pressing a button with the majority of ceiling fans, which include wall or remote controls. If none of these controls are included with your fan, look for a toggle switch on the motor housing beneath the blades.

9. Leave your windows open and let the sun heat your house.
Keep your blinds open on sunny winter days to let natural light stream in through your windows. This is also totally free, making it one of the most effective ways to heat your house.

Passive solar heating is the name given to this method. It can be improved if your home has components like tile, wood, steel, concrete, or anything else that can serve as a heat source in the winter and a heat sink in the summer.

Keeping your blinds or curtains drawn at the appropriate times will also help you save money on heating. Closing your blinds and curtains will help you retain heat on cloudy days or after the sun sets because they serve as an insulator between the cold glass and the room you are trying to heat.

10. Inform your housemates and family about energy conservation.
There are a few things you can take to save money on heating your home this winter by educating your family and roommates about energy conservation. Describe the importance of energy conservation. It will assist lower your home's carbon footprint in addition to saving you money on your energy bill. Let them see how simple it is to conserve energy. Wearing warmer clothing indoors and unplugging electronic devices when not in use can all reduce your energy consumption.

Help them comprehend the many energy-saving techniques. Using energy-efficient lightbulbs, lowering the thermostat a few degrees, and caulking any cracks or gaps around doors and windows, for instance, will help maintain heat in your house and cut down on your energy costs. Encourage them to develop the habit of energy conservation. Your household's commitment to energy conservation will increase the amount of money you save on energy bills.

11. Put on a sweatshirt and change your bed linens.
This winter, when you're lounging around the home, don a sweater, or some wool socks, or get yourself a nice, fuzzy bathrobe rather than wearing a parka.

Make sure your bedding is suitable so that you can stay warm at night. The ability of down-filled blankets to retain heat is excellent. We advise a fill power of 600 or more for the warmest choice. Frequently, a blanket's fill power is listed on the label or tag.

This advice should help you stay warm all winter.
You now know more about how to heat your home affordably this winter after reading this tutorial. The easiest strategy to heat your home affordably during winter is to combine different strategies. By utilizing a space heater along with insulation and draft prevention, you may dramatically reduce your heating expenses. Keeping your home warm without breaking the bank can also be accomplished by using fans and natural sunlight to move warm air. To keep your home cozy throughout the season, you should prepare to put some of the tips and tricks discussed into practice.
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Laura Larson
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Warrenton, VA 20187

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